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  1. Add access-control-allow-headers: "...Authorization"

    I might be missing something, but... When retrieving data from the public API using the method described at [1], you first fetch an access_token, which then has to be passed in the Authorization header for the subsequent request. Since that is not a CORS-safelisted request-header, though, the browser first performs an OPTIONS request.

    The response does include an "access-control-allow-headers" header, but this doesn't whitelist the Authorization header, upon which the browser blocks the actual request.

    Thus, it'd be nice if that could be added, at least for the /orcid-bio/ request.

    [1] https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-retrieve-data-using-public-api

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      0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      ORCID does not offer a secure method to exchange credentials via the browser, which is why we limit its use. We therefore shall mark this idea as declined.

      We would suggest instead that you exchange credentials in a server-to-server setting. You are welcome to join the ORCID API Users Group, a public listserv for all users of the ORCID API as well as members of our development and community teams, to discuss some ideas on how to do this (node.Js). Join us at https://groups.google.com/group/orcid-api-users

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Team

    • Log institution postal code and serve via API

      Many journals require institution postal codes as a part of author affiliation. It would be nice for ORCID to be a "one stop shop" for an authors affiliation, rather than having to look up an institution using some other tool. Additionally, RINGGOLD does store institution postal codes for disambiguated institutions.

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        2 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you again for your comment. Again, we are not a registry of organisation information and therefore are marking this idea as declined.

        We suggest instead that you look into conversations about organisation IDs being had by us and others — see: http://orcid.org/blog/2016/10/31/organization-identifier-project-way-forward

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team.
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        Thank you for your comment. Your suggestion falls outside ORCID’s scope. ORCID is about exchanging identifiers related to people, places, and things. We are a Registry for ORCID iDs for individual researchers, and we are not a registry for organisation IDs.

        ORCID presently uses Ringgold IDs for education and employment affiliations organisations and FundrefIDs for funding organisations. If you would like further information about those institutions, then the expectation is that you would query the respective registries — Ringgold, Fundref — for more information.

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team
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        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      • ORCID

        It would be great if ORCID had a 'Follow' function, which alerted the follower whenever the ORIC ID holder added a new item (e.g. grant, publication, position) in their profile and this item has been set as publicly visible.

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          0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          ORCID has a feature for clients which have been permission by an individual to read trusted party data on that ORCID record to subscribe and receive an alert whenever that ORCID record is updated. They can then update their own systems’ databases with the data from the ORCID record. These are called webhooks, and you can read more about them here:
          https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-webhooks

          On the user interface, this does not come fully under our goals at present, so we will mark this as declined. This is because ORCID is not a profiling system or social network — other organisations which are already integrated with ORCID provide those services, and they provide them quite well. Rather, we are a registry of unique, persistent identifiers for individuals — the ORCID iD — as well as a hub for connecting researchers with their output…

        • users authorization

          anyone can sign to ORCID, that is wonderful, but if considering usage of ORCID as a base for providing access to authenticate other services, it is crucial to verify the customer is who it claims to be.

          the idea is, for all the users (despite their being a member of ORCID member/integrated organisation), ask them (can be offered as a feature), to "verify" their account. is done by sending a 0.1$ (some insignificant amount of money) to the special bank account of ORCID. After transfer received, the name of the payer becomes a customer name in ORCID profile. ORCID API…

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            0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Confirm that an email is associated with an ORCID

            Since a person’s ORCID is not considered private information, is ORCID willing to answer questions of the form:
            “Is the email address jsmith@myuniversity.ca associated with the ORCID 0000-0001-2345-6789?”

            The ability to get answers to such questions would be very useful to us. We use ORCIDs to disambiguate researcher names in our Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS). We are constantly searching lists of names of Canadian Arctic researchers against the ORCID registry. (Many hundreds of names, over and over again, all done manually because the person we are looking for is not always top-ranked in the search results.) In…

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              0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

              Our understanding is that the idea is for a feature where you can input an email address and then learn the ORCID iD associated with that email address. Is this correct? (If we have misunderstood your suggestion, please do let us know.)

              If so, this is a feature that we would not be implementing at present. Per our policy, we do not disclose information which the record holder has not made public. Email addresses on ORCID records are generally set to private — fewer than 2% of the email addresses in the ORCID Registry were set to public visibility as at 2016.10.01. (One can search the ORCID API with a certain email address to find whether it is publicly listed in the ORCID Registry. See: https://members.orcid.org/finding-orcid-record-holders-your-institution )

              We understand how important it is to be able to identify your researchers.…

            • Add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ

              I think you should add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ. There are a lot of "how tos" that could be in a more obvious place on your web site. Right now, the FAQ only answers questions about what ORCID is.

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              • reduce the usage of scripting on your pages. Makes it really hard to use, particularly on mobile.

                ORCID needleslly uses a lot of javascript to do, well, not much. HTML and HTML5 work regardless of your browser of choice, and don't make your website look really bad on lots of browsers (particualrly mobile!).

                For example as I type this, there are several items of overlapping text, lots of cut-off text, and generally it looks very rough-cut.

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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                  Could you please let us know which area of the site you are referencing? There are:

                  It would also be helpful to contact support@orcid.org if you have any loading issues with these pages.

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                • Show publications in PubMed

                  If a person has imported from Europe PMC or have manually inserted a PMID, I would like a button that would generate the following URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/PMID1,PMID2,PMID3,... for quick and easy access to the articles.

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                    0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                    Our understanding is that you are suggesting that the automatic link created on the ORCID Registry when PMID, e.g., 12345678, is added to a work resolve to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12345678 rather than http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12345678 — is that correct?

                    External work identifiers are added upon the suggestion of our members who use these identifiers when exchanging works data with the ORCID Registry. The Europe PubMed Central — an authorised PMC International centre — has built a Search & Link Wizard which has integrated Europe PMC’s repository with the ORCID Registry, providing a useful service to researchers in helping them connect their works data to their ORCID Records. The Europe PMC receives its journal content directly from the main PMC. Europe PMC are actively adding works with PMIDs to the Registry, which is why the default version resolves to their URL. It…

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello,

                      Thank you for your comment.

                      In this case, it’s a linguistic shift reflecting how we describe the identifier created by our Registry. “ORCID” once stood for the “open researcher and contributor identifier”, but now it refers to the non-profit organisation itself — ORCID. In the usage “ORCID identifier”, “ORCID” is a descriptor — the ORCID identifier as generated by the ORCID Registry operated by ORCID, Inc, rather than the Scopus [Author] identifier, etc.

                      We ourselves at ORCID do not mind whether you wish to use an “ORC ID”, an “ORCiD” or an “ORCID iD” — we aren’t prescriptivists! We just want you to be able to distinguish yourself and your work. : )

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                    • ORCID interface should open a new window for the different functions

                      It would be useful if the ORCID interface would open a new window for the different functions. Now I am trying to write an email about my publication list, but I cannot go back to check my publication without deleting this email.

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                        0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for sending us your idea
                        I’m sorry to hear you had trouble using ORCID´s user interface. We are not sure about what different functions you are talking about since you can only open and filled your ORCID record with your research information.
                        You do not have an option for sending emails neither in the ORCID interface.
                        Could you please give us further information as to what are you problems with?

                        Best regards,
                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                      • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                        Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                        http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                        Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                        I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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                          1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Since we haven’t heard from you in a long time, we assume the issue is now solved.

                          If the issue persists, please send us a screenshot demonstrating what you see to support[at]orcid.org

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Unnecessary change on Hong Kong's name

                          Hong Kong has been recently changed to "Hong Kong SAR China" in the drop down menu which is unnecessary, confusing, and inconsistent.

                          Whilst Hong Kong does have what can be best described as a colonial relationship with China, it is for all intents and purposes its own country (hence it's a separate entry in the first place) and in the field of education, it would just be simply confusing to present Hong Kong as a Chinese city.

                          Hong Kong has a separate education and legal system with its own borders, meaning an academic who wishes to work in or visit…

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for your suggestion.

                            The items in the country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognised codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. The ISO newsletter with the relevant announcement on the official name change for HK can be found at: https://web.archive.org/web/20110722001521/http://www.iso.org/iso/newsletter_v-4_name_changes.pdf

                            We shall therefore mark this suggestion as declined.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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                              Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                              Algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. For citation counts we suggest you look at other tools such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory.

                              Warm regards,
                              ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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                                0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                ORCID does not include specific fields to add additional authors of a publication when adding it to your record. This is because the ORCID record is designed to record only your scholarship. Instead, you can record the authors and their order as part of the citation of the item in the Citation field.

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                                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                              • buidling blox of ORCID information can be used by the researchers to create customized cvs

                                If researchers would be able to simply 'drag and drop' ORCID building blocks from their cv to other cv documents (word/pdf/...) I can imagine it will be more actively used. This would allow researchers to keep only 1 cv up to date (the ORCID one) and build cv's in a format requested by funders/award or charity companies in no time. I'm pretty convinced I can implement ORCID in our institute if cv drag and drop would become an option

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                                  Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                                  This falls outside the scope of the ORCID mission. We are not a CV or profile service — there are many other services which do this very well, some of which have connections with ORCID. Rather, we provide a) unique and persistent identifiers to disambiguate researchers, b) member-built integrations that connect researchers and their activities or affiliations, and c) a hub for synchronising machine-readable connections between identifiers and research activities. We shall therefore mark this suggestion as declined.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                • Add crossref citation counts to ORCID

                                  This info is not readily available in many other systems; even subscription-based research management systems don't provide this. With our subscription databases, we can get WoS, Scopus, Google Scholar and PubMed citations, but not CrossRef; adding this will motivate lots of researchers to populate their ORCID account with publications rather than just having an empty ORCID record which is a serious problem within my institution

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                                    0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                                    Algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. For citation counts we suggest you look at other tools such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory; for Crossref citation counts specifically, we suggest getting in contact with Crossref: http://help.crossref.org

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                  • Taiwan is not a country !

                                    Maybe they can be treated like Hongkong

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                                      0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID registry.

                                      The items in the Country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognized codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. Suggestions for concise alternate wordings that are widely accepted for this designation are always welcome from the ORCID community.

                                    • Would like to see Public/Private listed on Search Results

                                      I would like a search on https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search/?searchQuery=antony%20williams, as an example, to show hn additional column of Public YES/NO. When there are multiple names that are the same it would save having to open each one one at a time to check on available information

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                                        3 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                        We have declined this suggestion on the basis of maintaining the privacy of user data. In revealing whether there is any non-public information on an ORCID record, we would be in effect revealing information that the user has not made public. This disclosure would violate the spirit of the ORCID trust program.

                                        For more, see:
                                        ORCID trust: https://orcid.org/about/trust
                                        ORCID privacy policy: https://orcid.org/privacy-policy

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Team

                                      • Make date of suggestion and Orcid staff responses visible on this page

                                        Obviously this is more of a readability suggestion. Right now if a user wants to see when a suggestion or response was posted the user has to click on it. It's a small thing, but I often find myself wondering when did this suggestion get posted or when did this response get posted. Might as well just show it.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

                                          Unfortunately we cannot update this aspect of the display of the main pages of the ORCID iDeas Forum. However, you can use the sorting methods set out under the “I suggest that…” bar to filter iDeas, e.g. by the newest iDea. Direct responses from ORCID admins will also appear in the main forum pages.

                                          Please let us know if you have any further suggestions on improving the ORCID Registry.
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                                          Could you please tell us what “this page” is? On your post, it clearly lists the date of suggestion and any responses:
                                          http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/13004013-make-date-of-suggestion-and-orcid-staff-responses

                                        • Allow members to investigate through series of questions before obtaining id, therefore it may assist in guidance toward specific area of wo

                                          To make finances seem more plentiful, in all aspects, I suggest an outreach program more tuned into the actuality of life itself. My idea is to cut funds from giving growing children so many "ideas" of machination, and for each one leader of household, assist that leader in a handmedown of agricultural rightness. Each family should have no doubt of the "how to feed myself" questions. An instillation of ethical formnitude toward the prosperity of the land is a mutual achievement, and award. All in all, delegation of land rights, and property lots need be top priority concerning poor fatherless…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hello,

                                            Thank you for your comment.

                                            This suggestion does not seem to be related to the focus of ORCID. The goal of ORCID is to provide a registry of unique and persistent identifiers that transcends organization, discipline, and nation. Your ORCID iD can be included with your works to disambiguate your research from that of others with similar names, while linking all your publications even if they are authored under different versions of your name. Your unique and persistent iD can be used throughout career, across professional activities and affiliations. ORCID collaborates with organizations throughout the research community to embed the iDs in research information systems and workflows.

                                            The ORCID registry is open: individuals may register, link, import and share information for no fee. But we respect your privacy and let you determine who can see information you add to your record and we never share information you have…

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